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# 065 <3.25> Win, Place, and Show
 
 
(revised 10/04/2021)
 
 
Season time frame:
A month has gone by since Maggie was released from the hospital. That month between the end of # 064 and the beginning of this episode is only referred to in dialog. Giving respect to the interpretation in # 064, it must be around the beginning of February 1984 now. - In # 064, Pamela, however, said Richard still had three weeks to get the trophy for the opening of Tuscany Downs repaired. This seems to be rather mysterious if she referred to the opening day itself, but quite logical if she meant a deadline for the preparations, e.g. about a week prior to the opening.
It is the opening day of Tuscany Downs - the groundbreaking ceremony had already happened in # 054 (at the end of September / beginning of October 1983). Nine weeks have gone by since the first race was scheduled (see # 058). The complete period of construction work was only four months, which seems unusually short for a project of that size, even considering the overtime Richard insisted on.
Julia escaped from the mental institution almost three months ago according to Dr. Foster; it happened in # 060. - This is a very inaccurate estimation by the psychiatrist because the period has to be shorter, considering only nine weeks went by between # 058 and the current episode.
 

The taxi taking Terry and Michael to the airport after their brief stop at the Gioberti House is a 1977 Ford LTD.
It is, by the same way, the same picture car that was used in # 046 when Michael arrived at the Tate Hotel.

 
The interior set of the conference room at the Whitewood Industries headquarters consists of the same elements that are usually used as the interior set of Michael's office at the Tuscany Valley Hospital.
 
Episode time frame: According to Crane, Richard will be dead before the week is out. The period of time between this statement and the assassination attempt scheduled during opening of Tuscany Downs (at the end of the episode) is less than seven days.
 
Inside joke: Deputy Dave Scott, Lucas' friend, is named after crew member DAVID "DAVE" SCOTT (second assistant camera).
 

Deputy Scott's patrol car is a 1982 Dodge Diplomat. Its license plate number is 8952; the vehicle's identification code is 6387.

 
Uncredited stand-in GORDON HODGINS appears as an extra again - first in this episode, as a USPS mailman in the residential street in Tuscany where Cole and Linda live. See below for his later appearance in this episode in a different rôle.
Compare # 182 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about GORDON HODGINS, compare # 001.
 
Mistake: Depending on the take and camera angle, GORDON, as mailman, goes with letters in his hand to the front door of the very same house in the background several times.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
 

The red Volvo 242 DL sedan (compare # 055 for details) is used as a prop again; it is parked on the street opposite Linda and Cole's house in this scene.

 

Cole drives a beige Jeep Cherokee Chief now.

 

The establishing shot of San Francisco is a northeastern aerial view over Financial District as well as Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island (far right) in the background.

 
Melissa's gynecologist is no longer called Dr. Monroe (as in season 1 - # 015 and 016), but Dr. Mitchell now. The script suggested a new male doctor by the name Mitchell before the producers realized they could rehire actress PENELOPE WINDUST. The name in the script was not revised, however, to match her rôle's name. - But maybe she married in the meantime.
 

The picture in Dr. Mitchell's practice is the same prop that was used in a Tuscany Valley Hospital corridor in # 043 and in Spheeris' hotel room in # 061.

 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Melissa wears the same dress as in # 016 (season 1) and # 029 (season 2).
Inside joke: The costumers chose that very dress for Melissa to wear in the scene with her gynecologist exactly as in # 016 when she last saw her doctor.
 
Early script drafts contained a scene in which Dr. Foster, after leaving Angela's study, runs into Emma in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer. When he asks her why she has not returned his many phone calls, they realize that Angela and Chao-Li must have kept them a secret from Emma. She finally agrees that he will be her escort for the opening day at Tuscany Downs. That scene was omitted, and so was his participation in the opening festivities at the race track.
 
Deputy Scott mentions his cousin Benny Ray as a pheasant hunter. That character will never be seen on the show.
Interestingly enough, Benny Ray is a name that this episode's writer, BOB McCULLOUGH, used several times - also on a series entitled "Soldier of Fortune" a.k.a. "Special Ops Force", where he later worked with DAVID SELBY and writer GREG STRANGIS again. It ran between 1997 and 1999 and starred TIM ABELL in the rôle of Benny Ray Riddle.
The reason for BOB McCULLOUGH's use of the name Benny Ray on his productions from time to time is an inside joke from his career: When BOB worked on "The Six Million Dollar Man" in the 1970's, he was filming on location with LEE MAJORS in the rural area of Kanab, UT. When they were driving, they met a friendly deputy by the name of Benny Ray Riddle. BOB thought it was a funny name that sounded almost made up - "too alliterative and poetic... and culturally appropriate and descriptive", as BOB stated. So BOB decided to "borrow" his name and kind of immortalize the friendly deputy in his scripts.
 

Product placement: Lance wears another polo shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren.

 
Inside joke: The names of the policemen Deputy Scott mentions (Knowles, Fuller and Yaffe) are "borrowed" from the show's crew members working in the sound department: EDDIE KNOWLES, KENNY FULLER and DAVID BARR YAFFE.
 
The original name for Midland County, CA where Lucas' farm is (close to Reno, NV) was Pershing County in early script drafts. - Note that the unused name, Pershing, will be used as the last name of Maggie's biological mother in season 4.
 
On the street of Linda and Cole's home, the usual light yellow Ford Pinto Runabout, a well known picture car, drives by (screen capture 1). Compare # 001 for details.
 
Just a few seconds later, the usual black / beige Buick LeSabre drives by (screen grab 2). This is also a well known picture car. Compare # 013 for details.
 
This episode's exterior shots of Tuscany Downs and the establishing shot of the club house, which will later be used regularly, are taken at the former Hollywood Park Turf Club in Inglewood, CA near the Los Angeles International Airport. The race track, which was an old L.A. legend, was closed in 2013 to be demolished for real estate redevelopment.
The right picture shows what the entrance to the race track looked like in 2007, having undergone major renovation, until it was demolished.
 

Uncredited extra JACK DOUGLASS appears in this episode again - this time as a guest at the opening of Tuscany Downs.
Compare # 130 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 032.

 

License plate number of Spheeris and Crane's black Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue: 2IMW635.

 

Post-production mistake: The electronic board of Tuscany Downs shows the time: 12:43. 1 minute and 13 seconds later, the electronic board shows the same time again. - The editors neglected to insert a new clip.

 
Many of the scenes with the racing horses and the crowd of people at Tuscany Downs are not specifically filmed for this episode, but stock footage from a film library.
 
Uncredited extra PAUL VAN appears in his usual rôle as the mustached Tuscany Valley doctor again - this time as a guest at the opening festivities of Tuscany Downs.
Compare # 227 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 001.
 
Uncredited extra JACK BERLE appears as the white-haired mustached gentleman from the Tuscany Valley again - this time at the Tuscany Downs opening.
Compare # 078 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 037.
Inside joke: In the very first scene at Tuscany Downs, JACK BERLE is seen from behind only, but when he shakes hands with Richard, DAVID SELBY even ad-libs the extra's real first name to his greetings: "Hello, Jack, thanks for coming."
 
After his earlier appearance as a mailman in this episode (see above), uncredited stand-in GORDON HODGINS plays another part as an extra in this episode again - now his usual rôle as a Tuscany Valley gentleman, who is a guest at the opening festivities of Tuscany Downs.
Compare # 182 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about GORDON HODGINS, compare # 001.
 

The curly haired blonde (an uncredited extra) is among the guests at the Tuscany Downs opening in this episode.
Compare # 169 for a list of the woman's appearances throughout the series.

 
Early script drafts suggested that - besides Chase - Angela deliver a speech at the opening gala for Tuscany Downs also. Chase's speech was originally scripted to merely criticize and insult Richard. In the final draft of the script, Angie's speech was omitted, and Chase's speech rewritten into his devious and manipulative announcement that Richard "agreed to donate" 15 % of the gross profits of the race track to the county.
 

After Lance fell into the little pond at the entrance to Tuscany Downs, LORENZO LAMAS' real-life tattoo on his right shoulder is visible through the dress shirt. Contrary to their usual habits, the make-up artists did not camouflage it.

 
Prop: Phillip's engagement ring for Angela: a 12-carat ice-blue solitaire.
 

License plate number of the yellow Chevrolet C/K Pickup truck giving Julia a ride: 1CZO923. This is the same number as on Spheeris' white Imperial in # 057 and on the Chrysler used by Spheeris and Intlekofer in # 064 - not an appropriate way to save on props.

 
The "Welcome to Tuscany Valley" sign shows the logos of a few fictional entities: Judical International, Private Assistance Group and Tuscany Valley Grape Collective.
 
The filming location for the street where Julia returns to the Tuscany Valley is Lima Street on the backlot of THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS), which is situated between the jungle / lagoon area on the east and the producers' buildings and their parking lots on the west. The car giving Julia a ride drives from the southern end of the studio lot towards the camera in northern direction. The "Welcome to Tuscany Valley" prop sign was installed quite near the jungle entrance that is usually propped with the gate to Richard's home on Hilltop Road (compare # 049). A similar perspective in daylight was featured in # 050 when Richard and Pamela drove along Hilltop Road in his Rolls-Royce (same direction). Compared with the night scene of Phillip in his Jaguar from # 030, which was filmed on the same street, the car in the current scene with Julia drives in the opposite direction.
 
 


 
 
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